The Bris Milah ceremony traditionally takes place on the 8th day following the boy’s birth. This custom is of utmost importance to observe if the baby’s health is not in question.
The Mohel (“the circumciser”) will arrive from 15 to 30 minutes prior to the Bris to examine the baby and review the ceremony with the parents. The Bris is comprised of three parts.
Stages of Bris Ceremony
Following this, the father then recites the blessing to bring the baby into the holy covenant of Abraham. The baby is then placed with an honored guest while the Bracha – blessing on the wine of Bore Pri Hagefen – is said. The Bracha of Kores Habrit, the main blessing of the covenant of the love between God and the Jewish people, is declaimed after that. In conclusion, all in attendance ask God to bestow the everlasting protection upon His beloved nation.
Many wonder what will be done with the removed foreskin. Customarily it is placed in sand or earth. Parents can do this in the yard of their home and even mark the spot with a tree. As this tree grows, a branch may be used in the Chuppah ceremony during the child’s wedding.
The Bris ceremony is a Mitzvah that is done with tremendous happiness. Bris Milah is a sign that we have an unbreakable bond with our Creator. The Bris Milah is our badge of honor that we are part of the Jewish nation that has a permanent bond with Hashem. It is for this reason that the bris is done with such enthusiasm.